Investigative Process

Whether it is investigating potential Anti-Doping Rule Violations, cooperating with law enforcement to shut down large scale doping rings or curtailing the trafficking of prohibited substances, the Intelligence and Investigation Team is an important partner in global anti-doping program. 

The team applies a multi-part investigative process to every case we examine:


Information on possible doping infractions comes to us from many sources. A parent could see something that makes them suspicious. An athlete could stand up for their own integrity. An official may be asked to do something questionable.

Regardless of the source, the Intelligence and Investigations Team will begin by collecting additional information. This could mean interviews with the person making the claim. It could mean seeking out corroborating evidence without compromising the confidentiality of the informant.


Once we have collected information, we will conduct an analysis. An analyst will be assigned to the case along with a scientific expert if necessary. Their job is to assess the quality of the information and the source.

To do so they will look at both internal and external data that backs up the claims. We want to determine the scope, accuracy and likelihood of the allegations.

Following the analysis, the team will produce a Bulletin Report, which will track the investigation going forward.


The investigation phase mean coordinating with internal WADA teams as well as external partners like Anti-Doping Organizations, International Federations and law enforcement. 

In addition we assist partner organizations to share information. We rely on the “Guidelines for Coordinating Investigations and Sharing Anti-Doping Information and Evidence” to ensure consistency and rigor.

The team will conduct more interviews and analysis to further corroborate the claims.


Following our investigation of the claim, we will make the determination of whether the case requires additional follow-up or if we believe the case is closed.

At every step along the way, our priority is to keep the informant updated and ensure that their identity is kept confidential.


We are also responsible for WADA’s Whistleblowing Program Policy and Procedure for Reporting Misconduct (PDF). Part of this role is to train athletes, coaches and others on what the Policy is all about, the role and the rights of WADA and the whistleblower and the protection a whistleblower can expect.


For more information regarding WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations activities, please see the following related resource material.